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The Nature of Sleep Apnea The Nature of Sleep Apnea
Often gone undiagnosed doctors cannot detect sleep apnea during routine patient visits and there are no blood tests that can detect it.   The thing... The Nature of Sleep Apnea

picture of man snoring in bed

Often gone undiagnosed doctors cannot detect sleep apnea during routine patient visits and there are no blood tests that can detect it.   The thing about sleep apnea is that it occurs in ones sleep and so easy to go unnoticed for many years as it usually takes a partner or family member to notice the symptoms.  The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea in which the airway collapses or is blocked during ones sleep. This blockage will cause one to have shallow or paused breathing. These pauses can take from a few seconds to a couple of minutes and often occur from 5 to 40 times or more an hour. Loud snoring can be an alarm bell as this may be a symptom in action.  Most often normal breathing will resume but will be noted with a loud choking or snorting sound.  People who are overweight have a tendency to be more susceptible to sleep apnea although most anyone can be stricken with this.

Caucasian man with sleep apnea using a CPAP machine in bed

Another problem with sleep apnea is that it heavily affects your sleep cycles and thus you will have less quality of sleep and make you feel more tired throughout your next day.  So if have been feeling a bit sluggish and have had many days in which you drink more coffee or energy drinks to feel up to par, take a look at the other symptoms mentioned here.  Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of diabetes, heart failure and attack, obesity, stroke and high blood pressure to name a few.  A serious look at one’s lifestyle and adding breathing devices, mouthpieces and or surgery can easily correct this ailment and cause you to get a lot more and higher quality of sleep. An interesting way to detect sleep apnea is to videotape yourself sleeping. Make sure to get a 8 hour tape and a lot of popcorn to try and detect it and see if you can recognize any of the symptoms.

picture of woman sleeping

If you do recognize them see a doctor to confirm that it is not something else and set yourself into a different lifestyle in which you can lose weight, quit smoking, avoid alcoholic drinks, sleeping pills, coffee and extra heavy meals like greasy burgers and fries and maintain normal sleeping hours you will be just fine and be able to really enjoy a good night’s sleep. So the next time your partner is snoring ask yourself, is it just snoring or is it sleep apnea?